Friday, June 19, 2009

unknown building


i need some help on this one - the only signs in the area seem to indicate that this is part of cal tech. is that correct?

more sky watch friday can be found here.

today is the final day of my bicycle/ballpark tour. check out my journey right here.

14 comments:

Louise said...

Doesn't matter... it looks great against the sky!

SquirrelQueen said...

I agree with Louise, it really doesn't matter that is a great photo.

SQ

Stephanie said...

This looks like the old St. Luke's hospital building on Washington Blvd. (?) (minus the lit cross on top that was removed when it ceased to be a hospital).
I know Cal Tech took over at least some of the buildings after the hospital closed. I've heard rumors that a senior assisted living complex is in the works for this site.

And yes, a great photo. I moved to Northern California two years ago after living my whole life in Pasadena - and your site is a daily dose of home for me. Thank you!

HearkenCreative said...

Stephanie is correct: it used to be St. Luke's hospital on Washington in East Pasadena; now Caltech owns the property. Originally, they wanted to create a separate research campus (similar to Art Center's South Campus on Arroyo), but it never worked out — the finances weren't there and the professors didn't want to leave the main campus. Several film shoots have occurred there, and Stephanie could be right that there are plans for an assisted living facility — I hadn't heard that, but it would fit the property.

It was fun watching them try to remove the cross from that pinnacle a few years ago. Apparently the largest colony of bees in Pasadena had made a gigantic hive inside the pinnacle, so a giant crane and many beekeepers were involved in removing both the cross and the hive.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I really like the contrast of the dark hospital building and the sky...have a great weekend and happy skywatching.

pasadenaadjacent said...

Used to have a cross on the top but Cal Tech took it down

It's where my father was born and my grandmother died (not on the same day). My grandmother's favorite niece Sister Anne was the head nun. All gone now

ben wideman said...

Of course, all I ever need to do is pose a question and my loyal readers will quickly fill me in on the whatnots of Pasadena that I haven't yet picked up on.

Thank you all for your insight!

Linnea W said...

Whatever it is, it's very interesting architecture. I think I may have driven past that recently. A few weeks ago I visited the Huntington Gardens and the Gamble House. Pasadena is cool!

Keith said...

That's where I was born!

erin said...

yep...that is st. luke's.
just returned from southern california and spent some time in pasadena one of the days.
so miss my old stomping grounds.
have a great weekend.

Petrea said...

Ita's such a gorgeous building, isn't it? It was the only hospital north of the freeway for a while, now I understand there is none.

Jean Spitzer said...

I'm learning so much about Pasadena from your blog. Striking photo.

Karen said...

That's a lovely shot ... I especialy like that lovely pastel sky..

Trish said...

before reading the comments I thought, gee, that looks like St Luke, where my Grammie spent a good amount of time there a few years ago after a fall (why they took her there instead of Huntington I'll never know). Then I second guessed it with the Cal Tech question. I'm not up on takeovers of hospitals these days.

It was a quaint little hospital for a long time. Assisted living might work, though I'd gather a lot of retrofitting would be required. I remember sitting under the tree in this picture, having lunch or talking with family, trying to figure out what the next step would be for Grammie---may she rest in peace.

The more I view your picture, the more I see. Thanks!